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Rays down on the farm July 9: Pruitt fires shutout for Montgomery

Sure, his mustache is terrible, but he tossed a nice outing

Austin Pruitt is one of three Montgomery starters with an ERA under 3.00
Austin Pruitt is one of three Montgomery starters with an ERA under 3.00
Jim Donten

Austin Pruitt is surrounded by prospects in Montgomery's rotation, but he's certainly holding his own.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (45-41)

Durham allowed two more home runs, but they were both solo shots in the Bulls' 6-2 win over Charlotte. The home runs in the fourth and fifth innings gave the Knights a 2-1 lead, but Durham scored four unanswered to close the game, including a tiebreaking, three-run home run from Corey Brown in the seventh. Robert Zarate allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts, but C.J. Riefenhauser picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (8-4)

Austin Pruitt threw his first career complete game shutout in Montgomery's 1-0 win over Biloxi. The Shuckers had two runners reach scoring position with one out, but they failed to convert either opportunity. Pruitt struck out five, did not walk any and scattered just three hits over his nine innings. The Biscuits got their only run in the seventh on Jake DePew's second home run of the season.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (4-10)

Buddy Borden was good, but it was not enough in Charlotte's 3-2 loss to St. Lucie. After allowing a two-run home run in the first to former first-rounder Dominic Smith, Borden faced the minimum until a two-out single knocked him out in the eighth. He finished with two runs allowed on five hits and eight walks in 7 2/3 innings with eight strikeouts. Edwin Fierro allowed a leadoff double in the ninth and later gave up a walkoff hit with one out in the inning.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (8-6)

Cristian Toribio's two home runs led Bowling Green to a 6-2 win over Dayton. His home run to start the fifth tied the game at two, and Hunter Lockwood's two-out double that inning gave the Hot Rods their first lead. An inning later, Toribio's three-run home run added insurance. After allowing two runs in the second, Greg Harris ended up pitching well, finishing with the two runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings with six strikeouts.

Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades (9-9)

Greg Maisto's struggles continued in Hudson Valley's 5-3 loss to Brooklyn. Already trailing 1-0 in the fourth, the game came apart when the Cyclones scored three runs. After two hits to start the inning, Taylor Hawkins' second error of the game helped a run score, and Maisto would finish with four runs -- three earned -- on four hits and two walks in four innings with three strikeouts. Jake Cronenworth drove in a run and scored himself in the sixth to cut the Renegades' deficit to two, but they would not get closer.

Rookie Princeton Rays (9-6)

Brock Burke was hit hard in Princeton's 6-3 loss to Pulaski. After the teams traded a pair of runs each in the second, Burke could not get out of a jam in the fourth. Pulaski scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly for the second out of the inning, but he allowed a two-out hit before being pulled and seeing the newly acquired Garrett Fulenchek allow an inherited runner to score. Burke finished with five runs allowed on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Rookie Gulf Coast League Rays (2-12)

The GCL Rays earned a rare win by beating the GCL Red Sox, 4-0. Oscar Rojas led off the game with a double and later scored on Juan Carlos Arias' single, and the Rays later added three insurance runs, including getting two RBI from Blair Beck. Starter Orlando Romero had one of his better starts of the season, scattering two hits and a walk over 4 2/3 innings, and Sam Triece and Ty Jackson combined to finish the first shutout of the GCL Red Sox this season.


Notable performances

AAA OF Corey Brown: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
AAA IF Nick Franklin: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 K
A+ 1B Mike Marjama: 2-for-4, 2 BB, 1 RBI
A OF Hunter Lockwood: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
A IF Cristian Toribio: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
R+ SS Peter Maris: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
R OF Oscar Rojas: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
R 1B Devin Davis: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB
R OF Blair Beck: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
AA RHP Austin Pruitt: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
A+ RHP Buddy Borden: 7 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
A LHP Kyle Bird: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

AAA UT Taylor Motter: 0-for-5
AAA SS Hak-Ju Lee: 0-for-4, 3 K
R+ C David Rodriguez: 0-for-4, 3 K
R+ LHP Brock Burke: 3 2/3 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
A- LHP Greg Maisto: 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham @ Charlotte 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Bradin Hagens (0-0, 1.13) v. Brad Penny (4-4, 4.19)

Montgomery @ Pensacola 7:35 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Jacob Faria (1-0, 1.38) v. TBA

Charlotte @ St. Lucie 6:30 PM (radio stream)
Taylor Guerrieri (1-1, 2.76) v. Kevin McGowan (5-7, 4.48)

Bowling Green @ Dayton 7 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Hyrum Formo (4-3, 4.76) v. Tyler Mahle (8-5, 2.87)

Hudson Valley @ Brooklyn 7 PM (radio stream)

Princeton v. Pulaski 7 PM
Deivy Mendez (1-0, 1.04) v. TBA

GCL Rays v. GCL Red Sox 12 PM

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox) (updated through 7/5)
49-38 (2nd in IL South)
Offense: 365 R (3rd) .724 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.50 ERA (6th) 1.25 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Micah Johnson (4), RHP Chris Beck (11), 3B Matt Davidson (14), C Kevan Smith (15), OF Trayce Thompson (18), IF Tyler Saladino (19), LHP Onelki Garcia (27)

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati) (updated through 7/7)
6-7 (T-2nd in SL South)
Offense: 262 R (10th) .664 OPS (8th)
Pitching: 3.87 ERA (7th) 1.38 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Jesse Winker (3), OF Kyle Waldrop (13), 3B Seth Mejias-Brean (22)

St. Lucie Mets (updated through 7/5)
6-8 (4th in FSL South)
Offense: 346 R (2nd) .676 OPS (4th)
Pitching: 3.30 ERA (6th) 1.24 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: SS Amed Rosario (6), RHP Marcos Molina (9), 1B Dominic Smith (11), 3B Jhoan Urena (14), RHP Rob Whalen (20), RHP Casey Meisner (21), OF Champ Stuart (23)

Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati) (updated through 7/4)
5-9 (T-6th in MWL East)
Offense: 341 R (5th) .679 OPS (7th)
Pitching: 3.06 ERA (3rd) 1.27 WHIP (6th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Aristides Aquino (9), 3B Gavin LaValley (17), RHP Wyatt Strahan (23), RHP Tyler Mahle (26), RHP Jeremy Kivel (29)

Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) (updated through 7/6)
13-5 (1st in McNamara)
Offense: 79 R (5th) .643 OPS (11th)
Pitching: 2.40 ERA (2nd) 1.08 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: C Brandon Brosher (29)

Pulaski Yankees (updated through 7/6)
9-7 (3rd in APP East)
Offense: 61 R (6th) .748 OPS (2nd)
Pitching: 3.31 ERA (3rd) 1.28 WHIP (2nd)
Top 30 Prospects: None

GCL Red Sox (updated through 7/4)
12-2 (1st in GCL South)
Offense: 56 R (5th) .655 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 1.69 ERA (1st) 1.16 WHIP (7th)
Top 30 Prospects: OF Yoan Aybar (31)